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Navy’s first F-35C squadron surpasses 1,000 flight hours

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. An F-35C Lightning II aircraft piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Chris Tabert, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, flies the squadron’s first local sortie. The F-35C is the carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter. VFA 101, based at Eglin Air Force Base, serves as the F-35C Fleet…

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Boeing South Carolina begins final assembly of its first 787-9 Dreamliner

Boeing has started final assembly of the 787-9 Dreamliner at its South Carolina facility. The team began joining large fuselage sections of the newest 787 Nov. 22 on schedule, a proud milestone for the South Carolina team and another sign of stability for the program. The North Charleston, S.C., site joins Boeing’s Everett, Wash., final…

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Ball Aerospace equips Orion mission with key avionics, antenna hardware

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. is providing the phased array antennas and flight test cameras to prime contractor Lockheed Martin for Orion's Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), which is an unmanned test flight scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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President announces Hagelís resignation as defense secretary

Courtesy photograph Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shakes hands with President Barack Obama at the White House Nov. 24. The president announced that Hagel would resign his position as defense secretary. Praising Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s class and integrity, President Barack Obama announced Nov. 24 at the White House that Hagel will leave his post. The…

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SEWIP block upgrade program evaluated for LCS

The Navy is evaluating a scaled-down version of the Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program system for potential incorporation on future Littoral Combat Ships


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Time now to get smart on sequestration, furlough

Posted  March 6, 2013

Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta notified Congress recently that should sequestration occur, the Department of Defense will initiate furlough for its 800,000-plus civilian employees. Congressional notification is required at least 45 days from a planned furlough, with implementation anticipated for late April, Air Force officials said. “The potential for sequestration-driven furlough continues to be a…

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Tennessee representative launches Congressional Range & Testing Center Caucus

Posted  March 6, 2013

Feb. 26, U.S. Congressman Diane Black, R-Tenn., released the following statement announcing the formation of the bipartisan Congressional Range & Testing Center Caucus. “As the wife, mother and daughter of U.S. servicemen, I believe that our brave men and women in uniform deserve our utmost respect and the resources and support necessary to carry out…

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Space

MEXSAT Bicentenario satellite completes on-orbit testing

Posted  March 6, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – The MEXSAT Bicentenario satellite, built by Boeing partner Orbital Sciences Corporation, has completed on-orbit testing and has been accepted by the customer, the first step to establishing a space-based communications network that will markedly improve Mexico’s satellite communications capabilities. The Secretaria de Comunicaciones y Transportes (Secretary of Communications and Transportation) of…

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Airmen build key Africa partnerships

Posted  March 6, 2013

Air Force photograph by SMSgt. Stan Parker SSgt. Daniel Borowski (left), an aerial port air adviser and TSgt. Colin Ireland (center), an aircraft maintenance air adviser, both assigned to the 818th Mobility Support Advisory Squadron, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., chat with a African partner nation exercise participant during Central Accord 2013, at the Douala Air…

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Wyle wins NASA contract valued at nearly $2 billion over 10 years

Posted  March 6, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Wyle has been awarded a contract valued at nearly $1.76 billion over a 10-year span to provide comprehensive health, safety, science and engineering support to NASA human space flight missions supporting the International Space Station, Orion, commercial space initiatives and exploration human systems development. Called the Human Health and Performance Contract,…

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Sequestration to affect DOD schools, commissaries

Posted  March 6, 2013

Civilian personnel at Department of Defense Education Activity schools and the Defense Commissary Agency will be affected by sequestration, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said here today. The department will struggle to ensure DODEA – which serves 84,000 students at 194 schools – maintains an accredited school year, Little said. “We’re mindful that we need…

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North Koreans threaten to nullify 1953 armistice agreement

Posted  March 6, 2013

North Korea has threatened to nullify the armistice that ended the 1950-53 Korean War. The North Korean rhetoric appears to be in response to threatened United Nations sanctions that may be put in place following the Feb. 12 North Korean test of a nuclear weapon, DOD officials said. The North Korean Central News Agency quoted…

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Boeing to offer Inmarsat-4 satellite communications bandwidth to commercial customers

Posted  March 6, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Responding to global demand for mobile satellite communications bandwidth, Boeing has been certified by Inmarsat to offer commercial customers a variety of capabilities – including 3G, Voice over Internet Protocol, streaming video, direct dialing and secure communications – through Inmarsat’s Inmarsat-4 L-band service. Boeing Commercial Satellite Services, a unit of Boeing…

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Senate appoints four members to QDR panel

Posted  March 6, 2013

Retired Marine Corps Gen. James E. Cartwright, former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Michele Flournoy, former undersecretary of defense for policy, are among four appointments to the Quadrennial Defense Review’s independent panel the Senate Armed Services Committee announced March 5. Also named to the panel were retired Air Force Gen. Gregory…

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Locklear: Budget uncertainty threatens Asia-Pacific rebalance

Posted  March 6, 2013

Sequestration and budget uncertainties are already impacting U.S. Pacific Command’s operations and loom “like an avalanche” that could ultimately undermine the U.S. rebalance to Asia-Pacific in accordance with the new U.S. strategic guidance, the top commander in the region told Congress March 5. Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III told the House Armed Services Committee…

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